Family Fights Hunger

(NECN/NBC News: Gabe Gutierrez, Charlotte, NC) - It started as a project to spend more time together, but it quickly snowballed. This month, one family in North Carolina hit a major milestone and they're making a difference for a lot of folks in need.

For Suzanne and Jeff Yoh, it started as an idea to bring their family together.

"It does matter that they spend time with us," said Suzanne.

With three teenagers, that's not always easy.

"I think we're a typical family," said Jeff.

Typical until you see how they spend their weekends.

This family of five has organized a Charlotte branch of the national group, "Kids Against Hunger," where volunteers of all ages pack meals for the hungry.

"It just like feels really good because I know they're gonna get a meal tonight. And I don't know if they would get it otherwise," said 16-year-old Alec Yoh.

"It's surprising since I never thought it would be like this at the start," said Jeffrey Yoh. "You know, we started off thinking we'd do one a month. And we have a whole slate of different packing events coming up. It sort of gets addictive to want to do it."

About 10 percent of the meals stay in Charlotte. The rest are shipped elsewhere, to places like Haiti and Central America.

The Yoh family has partnered with an international relief agency to send many of the meals to children in Nicaragua.

Volunteers recently reached a major milestone - packing one million meals - in just a year and a half.

"In the scheme of things, is it really a lot? No. But it's the dent that the five of us can make. And if everyone tried to make a dent, there could be a difference," said Suzanne.

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